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Vikash Sharma

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday arrested noted industrialist Mahima Mishra’s son Charchit Mishra in connection with a bribery case.

Charchit Mishra’s advocate Jaydeep Pal said, “My client was in Paradip office when the CBI officers had initially conducted raid on August 4. The officers had spoken with Charchit and it was yesterday we learnt that he was made an accused in the case.”

Pal further said that IPC sections 120 (B) and 7,8,9, 10 of the PC Act has been registered against Charchit Mishra.

“We will take appropriate legal step as our client is cooperating and he appeared before the CBI on his own. We will soon move court seeking bail. As Charchit had undergone bone marrow transplant, we will move court seeking some relaxations which is extended to patients,” Pal added.

Earlier, four persons including Paradip Port Authority’s chief mechanical engineer Saroj Das were arrested on Friday.

According to CBI sources, Das had the habit of demanding and accepting bribes through his close conduit for extending undue benefits to various private stake holders engaged in port service and activities at Paradip Port.

It was further alleged that while unloading cargo, a Cuttack-based private company damaged the conveyor belt operational in Paradip Port. 

The cost of repairing or replacing of the conveyor belt was very high. Das in conspiracy with the conduit, middleman and director of the said private company got it repaired at the cost of Port Trust causing huge monetary advantage to the private company. 

In turn, the conduit allegedly demanded Rs 60 lakh bribe for the said favour on behalf of Das. 

The release issued by CBI further stated that the conduit collected the bribe of Rs 25 lakh from Cuttack and kept Rs 10 lakh separately. It was also alleged that the conduit handed over Rs 10 lakh to a real estate developer in Bhubaneswar with whom Das had allegedly booked a property.

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